With a diversity of city life and superb safaris, South Africa is a must on any African travel bucket list. Camps and properties are taking impressive strides to ensure eco-friendly practices are common practice to preserve the gorgeous landscape. Ker & Downey shares our favorites of the top sustainable properties in South Africa.
At Ker & Downey, we are firm believers that any day is a good day for a safari. We have yet to experience one that didn’t live up to (or surpass) expectations, but there are definitely some game drives that stick out as extra special. Ker & Downey’s luxury travel designer Nicole Porto had one such experience on her recent trip to Tswalu Kalahari.
Safari and beach vacations give you the best of adventure and relaxation in one getaway. Seek out animals in their natural environment, then spend a few days soaking up the sun’s rays on these two distinct journeys. The word safari, originally from Arabic word safar, meaning a journey, first started popping up in the English language at the end of the 1850’s thanks to explorer Richard Francis Burton. And while it once was associated with big game hunts, today, it has come to be more of an expedition to observe animals in their natural habitat. This week our newsletter is all about […]
The Pangolin is an elusive creature that has quickly become one of the world’s most trafficked mammals. They are hard to spot in the wild because of their nocturnal behavior, but we’ve rounded up five places for you to travel to increase your chances of spotting the pangolin. Leo Tolstoy said, “The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.” No words have rung truer for Gordie Owles, a third generation Kenyan and Marketing Director for Asilia Africa, our ground partner in Tanzania. He waited 30 years to catch a glimpse of the elusive pangolin and tells a story of […]
Our top Himba and Bushmen experiences give you an opportunity to discover unique cultural heritages throughout Africa in culturally sensitive ways. Incorporating authentic experiences into your journey really helps you discover and understand the heart a place. Engaging with the local people gives you a better understanding of their history and culture, and even the fun quirks that make a place unique. At Ker & Downey, we strive to help you connect with a place through these experiences. These are our top Himba and Bushmen experiences in Africa. Rock Art Excursions at Bushmans Kloof | The Cederberg Head to Bushmans […]
Ker & Downey’s guide to the top travel destinations for 2016, broken down month by month. Visit the top travel destinations in style and luxury in 2016. From where to go and what to do, these are our top travel destinations around the world for each month. Where are you traveling in 2016? January | Calving Season in the Serengeti Head to the famed Serengeti for calving season – an incredible spectacle where upwards of 8,000 wildebeest are born each day. With the many infants on the plains, there’s sure to be lots of predator action as well. February | […]
Luxury family holidays give you a chance to create memories with your children that will last a lifetime. Traveling to other parts of the world allows you to share different cultures and perspectives with your family and leave behind your busy lives for a while. Luxury family holidays with Ker & Downey take out all the stress associated with planning and coordinating a family vacation. Our Luxury Travel Consultants can handle all of your requests. All you have to do is make sure to get everyone packed and on the plane! Ker & Downey’s top Luxury Family Holidays: Venture to […]
‘Best Safari Spa’ award-winner Royal Malewane tops our list for best spas in South Africa. There’s no better way to relax and unwind than at the spa. Paired with the peaceful setting of the bush and cosmopolitan amenities of the city, South Africa offers some of the best spa experiences. Here are our top choices. Royal Malewane, Kruger Area You’ll be hard-pressed to find a better spa in the wilderness than at Royal Malewane, winner of the ‘Best Safari Spa’ in the 2016 Safari Awards, and world-renowned for its beautiful setting and luxurious treatments. It’s an oasis to restore mind, body, and […]
Last week Ker & Downey President David Marek and Vice President David Jones accepted our award as the World’s Best Safari Outfitter. They celebrated with global partners who shared the honor of winning their category, thanks to the public votes and a dedication to delivering the very best in service. We’re in good company with some of the very best in the world. Best Hotels in the World The Oberoi Hotel Udaivilas is in the Hall of Fame for making the World’s Best List for ten years, but this year it took home the prestigious award for Best Hotel in the […]
An Africa family safari is an opportunity for the youngest explorers to discover the charm and wonder of the African bush. Many properties even cater special activities to kids. Here are our top things to do on your next Africa family safari. Africa Family Safari in Botswana and Zimbabwe Earn your Ker & Downey Young Explorers Badge by mastering key bush survival skills and learning how to identify and follow animal tracks along the Okavango Delta. Explore the reed beds and Okavango waterways in a traditional mokoro canoe, observing the many skills developed by local people to survive in the environment. For instance, […]